Sturgeon: Rejoining EU ‘won’t happen’ says June Mummery
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A request has been made by the SNP administration to fly the EU flag alongside the Saltire, high above Scottish Government buildings for 364 days each year. The instruction came via the Scottish Government’s 2021 flag flying guidance, which was approved by the First Minister, despite the UK having already left the EU in January. The EU flag is usually only been raised over buildings, including St Andrews House in Edinburgh, to celebrate Europe Day on May 9.
Under the radical plans, the Union Jack will only be flown once a year to mark Remembrance Sunday.
A subsequent poll of more than 16,000 Express.co.uk readers has been carried out, where participants were given a binary yes or no choice, as to whether the EU flag should be flown.
The survey was conducted on Friday, February 19, from 11.19am to 9.00pm, and asked 16,393 online readers, Should Nicola Sturgeon be banned from flying the EU flag?
A huge 92 percent (15,070) of respondents said the First Minister should be banned from flying the bloc’s colours and voted “yes”.
The remaining eight percent (1,323) of respondents believed the SNP leader not be banned from flying the EU flag and voted “no”.
A number of Express.co.uk reader let the feelings known in the comments section of the poll story.
One reader wrote: “I live in Scotland. I voted to stay in the union, leave the EU. There should be NO EU flags flying in the UK.”
A second added: “If and when Scotland gets its independence, then it’s their choice. But at the moment they are still part of the UK and the UK left the EU, so the flag should be torn down.”
A third added: “There is absolutely no justification for flying another country’s or political organisation’s flag in juxtaposition to the Union flag in any component part of the UK, unless mandated as a mark of respect on a state occasion.”
Meanwhile, a fourth said: “We are the UK. We shouldn’t be flying any flags of organisation’s of which we are not a member. It’s ludicrous what the SNP is trying to achieve.”
Leading politicians in Scotland have also condemned the SNP plans.
Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman, Dean Lockhart, said: “The UK has left the EU, so Nicola Sturgeon’s personal decision to order the flying of the EU flag on Scottish government buildings makes no sense.
“It reconfirms the SNP’s refusal to accept referendum results and their ongoing focus on constitutional issues at the expense of more important priorities.”
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross added: “Token gestures such as this serve no purpose other than to distract from the extreme challenges facing Scotland.”
Last year, the SNP narrowly won a vote to keep the EU flag flying above the Holyrood parliament.
During the 2016 EU referendum, the whole of the UK voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union, while Scotland voted 62 percent in favour of staying a member of the EU27.
The SNP has outlined plans for a second independence referendum if the party wins a majority in the Holyrood elections this May.
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The SNP will then campaign to rejoin the EU and its single market and customs union.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to sanction a Section 30 order to grant a legal vote and has previously cited senior SNP figures who branded the 2014 referendum a “once in a generation” decision.
A Scottish government spokesman said: “The EU flag is flown to reflect the overwhelming vote of the people of Scotland to remain in Europe.
“And as a mark of solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who continue to call Scotland home despite Brexit.”
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